MILFORD, Mich. - A mother in Milford has learned her son is among the 10 sailors missing after a Navy ship was involved in a collision off the coast of Singapore.
April Brandon is asking everyone to pray that her son, 22-year-old Kenneth Smith, will be found safe.
Smith was on the USS John S. McCain when it was hit by an oil tanker.
The mother of Kenneth Smith, a sailor missing after a Navy vessel collision on Aug. 21, 2017, lives in Milford, Michigan. (WDIV)
"I want to thank all those who have expressed concern and offered prayers and support as I await word from the Navy on my son Kenneth," Brandon said in a statement. "As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family and we respectfully request that you honor our privacy."
In addition to the 10 sailors missing, five others from the guided-missile destroyer were injured.
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The commander of U.S. naval operations has ordered a comprehensive review to get to root causes after the collision this week between a Navy destroyer and an oil tanker near Singapore.
Monday's early-morning crash is the latest "in a series of incidents in the Pacific theater," Adm. John Richardson said in a video statement. "This trend demands more forceful action."
Navy ships have been in at least four accidents in the Pacific this year.
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